Traces In Blood, Bone, & Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry

Traces In Blood, Bone, & Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry

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Editor: Kimberly Blaeser

Publisher: Loonfeather Press (2006)

“It might be said that western awareness of American Indian poetry began with the Ojibwe. When Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. . . published translations of Chippewa songs and stories in 1839, it woke the world to the existence of sophisticated literary and philosophical awareness among the 'savages' of North America. It could be seen as the start of scholarly respect for what is now called 'Native American Literature.' . . . With that background, the number, the strength, and the variety of the Ojibwe voices in this superb anthology should be a surprise to no one and a delight to every reader of poetry. I cannot think of any collection of American Indian poems—including those that represent many tribal nations—that gives a better picture of what it means to be an Indian today, of the many ways in which Native writers continue to bring the past into the present, celebrate the future, not just survive, but thrive as a vital part of world literature.”

–Joseph Bruchac 

“In the Ojibwe story of the world’s creation, a courageous animal brings to the earth’s surface a bit of mud to transform it into living space. From the Ojibwe nation come these poems of land taken, boarding schools, family and ancestors, of the small but meaningful graces of daily life. These poets, beginning and established, are transforming the deduction of colonization, building the written literature of the Ojibwe nation, one poem at a time, one voice at a time with honor, with love, with truth, and with powerful voices.”

–Laura Tohe

“The earliest Native American writing is marked by a tribal-specificity that concerns itself with narrating geographically-specific lands and jurisdictions that give life to the communities at occupy them. The best of Ojibway poetry continues this keen sense of evoking concrete Anishinaabe lands and governments, wherever they may occur, and in all of the directions Anishinaabe people have found themselves located.”

–Craig Womack